Posted on November 17, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Technology   Leave a comment on The controversy over TikTok and Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America,” explained

The controversy over TikTok and Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America,” explained

A still from a 1998 interview with Osama Bin Laden. | CNN/Getty Images Why bin Laden’s 2002 letter became the latest TikTok moral panic. This week, videos featuring former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s 2002 missive “Letter to America” were posted to TikTok, leading a wide swath of politicians, families of 9/11 victims, and influencers to condemn users creating the clips — and the app itself. The story goes like this: TikTokers are “going viral” for sharing bin Laden’s arguments, … Continue reading “The controversy over TikTok and Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America,” explained”

Posted on November 17, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Your phone is the key to your digital life. Make sure you know what to do if you lose it.

Your phone is the key to your digital life. Make sure you know what to do if you lose it.

A terrifying image, especially if you haven’t prepared for the prospect of suddenly losing your phone. | Peter Cade/Getty Images Preparing yourself for the worst is easier than you might think — and it’s never been more important. The night before I was supposed to go on a long and well-deserved vacation, something very, very bad happened: I lost my phone. I had a friend over and, I decided, he must have accidentally taken my phone with him when he … Continue reading “Your phone is the key to your digital life. Make sure you know what to do if you lose it.”

Posted on November 17, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Is the green texting bubble about to burst?

Is the green texting bubble about to burst?

Those notorious green Android texts will stick around for a while yet. | Javier Zayas Photography/Vox Apple is adopting Google’s texting standard, but blue bubble elitism will probably continue. The story is sad, yet so familiar to iPhone owners. You meet someone new and give them your number, only to receive a green (harsh, unwelcoming), not blue (peaceful, comforting), text bubble. If you deign to respond, you’re confronted with restrictive character limits, pixelated photos and videos, and nothing to tell … Continue reading “Is the green texting bubble about to burst?”